The answer is YES, journalism is dead. And I mean this in the same way that Super-Man's dead. Pre-destined to come back to life and thrive. Only this time, he's come back evil.
Not in the form of fake news either. That's not journalism, that's propaganda. In order for true journalism to come back evil, good people have to get mad at the system we live in. And we have to push through the mountains of bullshit and say.. "Fuck that noise." - Do you want the truth? We're here tell it to you. That is, if you'll listen, but most of you can't handle it. We often turn a blind eye to it every single day. The truth will set you free but before it can, it has to piss you off. Authentic journalism is going to take everything "you think" you know, and like an Ice-Bucket Challenge #fail, it's going to take a fat dump on you forehead. The bucket will hit you before the water does. Your teeth will clack, and just like that.. TKO.. You are #humbled. You're welcome.
In this modern age, authentic journalism is lost on nearly everyone. Unless it's brought forth to us through a mobile advertisment or broadcast during the Super Bowl, it has no voice in our society. This is because the general public has become complaisent. We have accepted the spoon-fed version of media served up to us by our mobile devices, and swallowed it.
In order for authentic journalism to be re-born, a great awakening must first take form. We must organize ourselves in new ways. We must learn to interacte with each other in person again too.
If you look around, it's already happening. Unbeknownst to the media outlets, cable companies and lobbyists in Washington who expect the gravy train to keep coming. This sleeping beast is beginning to rise. The general public is beginning to ask that age old question "Why!?" - "Why are we still paying for cable?", "Why is my internet so expensive, and not fast or even reliable?", "Who's really in charge? - Our Government or these corporations?, "What is net neutrality and WHY is it important???".. I refrain.
The Ridge is a new form of networking tool. We are an interest network. We invite you, and everyone else to join us. As a free people, with different interests and different ideas. This is a place for both conflict and resolution. For both bias & reconsiliation. We expect your differences in opinion and we thrive on them. In this age of appeasance, we must not fear confrontation, when our friends and families lives are depending on it to save them.
Our culture is however dying a slow death. At the hand of addiction, depression, isolation & neglect. Our downtrodden feel t
hey have no voice and the suppression is real. It's real in our voting booths, our doctors offices & pharmacies, on social media. There are even algorythms in place to suppress your page feed unless you pay them to promote it "for you".. The big money players are not backing the truth. They are backing their own selfish interests. Acknowledge this and move forward.
Take time to understand your social networks and how they feed you content. Remain cognizant of the risk of dissinformation and seek out the truth before you reshare media that sooths your personal interests. An algorythm can know much more about you than you think. And the mass media will always find new ways to influence your decision making over time.
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As a director of photography and film production, Josh is provided an opportunity to work intimately with very unique and interesting people. From these interactions, he has discovered many challenges but in turn, he has explored the strengths and weaknesses of those same people who have entrus
As a director of photography and film production, Josh is provided an opportunity to work intimately with very unique and interesting people. From these interactions, he has discovered many challenges but in turn, he has explored the strengths and weaknesses of those same people who have entrusted him with their brand. As a media strategist, these warm encounters are very important. From this partnership, creative innovation can flourish and a passion for cutting edge production & development can take form.
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